Actor Deepika Padukone has spoken to mental health experts about suicide, depression, and the misconceptions around it. She shared a video of her conversation with the doctors on the YouTube channel of her organization.
“While I embarked on this journey more than 5 years ago, recent tragic events have made us all realize that now more than ever, we need to prioritize mental health & intensify our focus on #SuicidePrevention,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories and shared the link to the video.
In the video, Deepika asked the doctors about the primary reasons behind suicide — whether it is a result of mental illness or something that can be triggered by an event. The experts said that suicides are most prevalent in people between 15-25 years of age, and spoke the groups that are more at risk, and how it can be prevented by interventions at the right time. They also discussed if blaming one person or event for being the cause of a person’s suicide is wise.
The conversation around mental health and suicide was rekindled after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death last week. Deepika has shared multiple messages on mental health in the last few days.
She shared a post on Twitter emphasizing the importance of mental health and urged everyone to not equate depression to feeling sad. She shared a picture that read, “Repeat After Me. Depression is not the same as sadness.” Deepika shared another picture in the same post that read, “Repeat After Me. Depression is not the same as feeling sad.”